How do you want to celebrate your state?
Byline: Mark Baker The Register-Guard
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The big moment is only 510 days away.
That would be our birthday, Oregon's 150th birthday, which falls on Valentine's Day Valentine's Day: see Saint Valentine's Day.
Lovers' holiday celebrated on February 14, the feast day of St. Valentine, one of two 3rd-century Roman martyrs of the same name. St. in 2009.
Yep, our independent, pioneering state officially joined the union on Feb. 14, 1859. Before the Civil War. Before the Indian wars Indian wars, in American history, general term referring to the series of conflicts between Europeans and their descendants and the indigenous peoples of North America. . And long before the Bottle Bill, the spotted owl or Nike came along.
Oregon is gearing up for the biggest celebration since, well, since the 33rd state turned 100.
"It only comes around every 50 years," says Barbara Sidway of Baker City, chair and president of the volunteer Oregon 150 board created earlier this year by Gov. Ted Kulongoski Theodore R. "Ted" Kulongoski (born November 5 1940, in rural Missouri) is an American Democratic politician. Since 2003, he has served as the Governor of Oregon. He was re-elected in 2006. . "It'll be the only one in my lifetime."
The Oregon 150 campaign is looking for Looking for
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"This is something for every corner of the state," Sidway says.
Oregonians are encouraged to go online at www.oregon150.org to learn more about how they and their communities can contribute, she says. A blog will soon be posted there as a way to contribute "Oregon Stories."
The campaign officially adopted the motto, "Sustain the Spirit!" in August. The celebration, which will begin on Valentine's Day 2009 and continue with events through the fall, is not geared toward the past, but the future of the Beaver State, Sidway says.
"This is not just, 'Get out your bonnets,' ' she says. "This is not a backward-looking endeavor. This is a forward-looking endeavor." It's a "platform to plan and move on to the next 50 years."
The celebrations will, hopefully, happen all over the state, Sidway says. Every historical society in the state will be involved, and those are good places for people to contact, says Sidway, who suggests residents let their county commissioners know what they want as far as local events.
Tool kits will be going out to communities in the next three months with instructions on how to include oral histories, photographs, essays, etc.
Here are some of the signature projects of Oregon 150:
"Take Care of Oregon Day" will see residents across the state rolling up their sleeves on a specified day to do projects that could include clearing trails, painting schools or cleaning up a pioneer cemetery.
"Oregon Stories" will gather testimonials to document who we are as Oregonians, how the state developed and where we're going. The best will become "Oregon Minutes," and all of the stories will be saved and stored at the Oregon State Archives.
"Oregon Minutes" will be a brief, daily feature on the state's history, ideas and people. It will be broadcast by television and radio sponsors and printed in newspapers throughout the state.
The "Children's Future Vision" art project is an idea in progress, but it's hoped that schoolchildren schoolchildren school npl → écoliers mpl;
(at secondary school) → collégiens mpl; lycéens mpl
schoolchildren school across the state can create a durable work of art inspired by the hopes and dreams of Oregon's youth. An "Oregon Dreams" blog will be established at the Oregon 150 Web site to encourage children to say what they want for the future.
"Travel Oregon 150" will encourage residents to get out and see the state's landscapes, people and places.
Go online at www.oregon150.org for more information, and to sign up for the electronic newsletter that will keep you up to date on what's in store for the state's sesquicentennial ses·qui·cen·ten·ni·al
Of or relating to a period of 150 years.
A 150th anniversary or its celebration.
Noun 1. on Feb. 14, 1859. Until then, enjoy these "Orygun" facts:
Our father: Dr. John McLoughlin
Our mother: Tabitha Moffat Brown
Animal: American Beaver The American Beaver (Castor canadensis) is a large semi-aquatic rodent native to Canada, much of the United States, parts of northern Mexico, and they were introduced in the most southern province of Argentina, Tierra del Fuego, and they adapted to its temperate forests
Motto: "She flies with her own wings"
Song: "Oregon, My Oregon"
Tree: Douglas fir
Flower: Oregon grape Oregon grape: see barberry.
of Oregon. [Flower Symbolism: Golenpaul, 640]
See : Flower, State
Dance: Square dance
Bird: Meadowlark meadowlark, common North American meadow bird of the family Icteridae, also called meadow starling. Unlike other members of the family, which comprises blackbirds, grackles, orioles, and others, the meadowlark does not travel in large flocks, and it eats harmful
Insect: Oregon Swallowtail
Population: 12,093 in 1850; 3.7 million in 2007